Concerning the choice to possibly build a new YMCA in Camden, would it not be a wise decision for the Camden Mayor and City Council members to allow a referendum/special election concerning the use of what would likely be several million dollars of public funds to build a city owned facility which would be managed by a "for profit" YMCA. Those of us who do not reside in the city but are dependent on Camden for water and/or power would like to have a voice in this matter.
• President Obama has started tweeting, and he might regret it. The president is now using the social-media Twitter to send out messages, but Republicans aren't letting him get off unscathed, sending in questions about the economy's performance during his administration. The city of Camden has recently undergone its own social media upheaval with its (former) Facebook account, and folks there might advise the president that tweeting might not end up all that it's cracked up to be.
At the Governor's budget veto briefing, her Deputy Chief of Staff was tasked with explaining to the members of the legislature why the Governor vetoed roughly $105 million from the $5.8 billion General Fund budget and the entire $107 million Capital Reserve Appropriations bill.
I am sorry I omitted the fact that Councilman Willard Polk has been my brother-in-law for over 45 years. I appreciated your adding that footnote. However, I do not think that fact has any bearing on my comments. He still deserves the respect and applause of the silent majority for his representation of his fellow citizens on city council.
I've been informed that my book, "Angry Management," has been removed from your summer reading list because a concerned parent, Douglas Berry, brought the "number of expletives" in the text to the attention of your district's Director of Communications.
It's hard for a social commentator to keep up with all of the legal, moral and political lessons offered up by the still-unfolding Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex mess. But the most important is this: Don't rush to judgment.
The Camden High School Bulldog Club Membership Drive is in full swing for the 2011-2012 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.
Students in the Camden First Baptist Kindergarten and Child Care walked in the church's annual Fourth of July Parade in honor of Independence Day on June 30. In total, 80 children, 19 teachers and two parents participated. The group started at the church on Walnut Street, turned rights on Broad Street, turned right on DeKalb Street and doubled back to Walnut Street to complete the parade. Luanne Stallings directed the event.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post 17 participated in selecting and sponsoring five delegates from Kershaw County to attend Palmetto Girls State June 12-18. The tuition of each student was shared by the unit and American Legion Post 17 members.
All Kershaw County School District students and parents -- both new and returning -- should plan to attend school registration later this month.
The 2011 CLASS Shag Blast was held June 11 at the Camden Shrine Club. It is the Camden Lugoff Area Shag Society's annual major fund raising event. This year the CLASS Shag Blast benefited the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and Food for the Soul of Kershaw County. Thanks to sponsors and the work of club members, $3,600 was donated to the organizations. This is the most the club has been able to donate in the last seven years.
Rock your universe at the 16th annual Jammin' in July music festival Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Fourteen bands and solo acts will be featured, including The Turn Signals, David Mitchell, Arcfurus, Josh McCaa and Andy Luadzers, Michael Jacobs, Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner, Without a Paddle, Bakers Moon, The Mobros, Rusty Davis and Paul Russo, Mike Frost Jazz, Joal Rush, John Wesley Satterfield and Zen Violin, surprise finale featuring assorted performers from the show. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with music beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military ...
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jonser, a 4-month-old male Catahoula hound mix puppy, and Oliver, a 4-month-old male orange and white tabby kitten. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or ...
One of the most important things we do as a council is set aside money in the budget each year for infrastructure improvements.
Manda McKay, formerly Amanda Stahl and formerly of Camden, has been accepted into the prestigious ArtFields Juried Art Show, which will take place in Lake City from April 25 to May 4. McKay is the daughter of Camden resident Kathee Stahl and the late Dr. Edward Stahl.
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The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Camden Community Theatre (CCT) bring you the highly anticipated BARK! The Musical, a howlingly funny production directed by Jami Steele, the FAC's new Education/Theatre Director. The production will run May 1 - 4 in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and military. BARK! The Musical is sponsored by Powers Funeral Home. The play is dedicated to the memory of Judith Anne "Judy" Firestone Thiel, a longtime animal lover and staunch supporter of the Walker M. Crowe Animal Shelter.
It'll be here before you know it. It's Spring and the Kershaw County Master Gardeners are having their Spring Plant sale Saturday, May 10 (the day before Mother's Day). A large collection of everything needed for a garden will be available for purchase. The sale will be held, as always, at the Homemakers Building at Church and DeKalb Streets in Camden. The doors open at 8 a.m. to a wonderland of plants to replace what the winter or spring may have taken away.
This Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hall's restaurant in Lugoff, Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS)'s retired and some of its current staff and faculty will gather for the school's 14th faculty reunion. Current L-EHS Principal Tommy Gladden will be the guest speaker. Pictured at last year's event, from left, front row: Kay Roberson, Liz Simon, Margaret DeGroat and Kitty Beard. Second row: Theresa Muldrow, Hebron Lyell, Rosemary Russell, Linda Hall, Evelyn Gibson and Judith Ford. Third row: Mary Lostetter, Pat West, Sandy Fitts, Emily Finley, Annette Wertz, Marcia Cashion, Daphne Clonts, Joyce Nash, Mary Luce Naso ...
Registration is ongoing for the seventh annual Clinic Classic 10K run and 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, which will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 26.
Ewart takes new position in Darlington
WASHINGTON -- The new "agreement" between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.
No city is more inextricably linked to this country's quest for freedom than Boston. From an early age students learn about the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and all the other historic events that helped set the colonies on the road to freedom. So it was especially fitting Monday that the city showed that it's indeed "Boston Strong" by completing its famous marathon. Of course, the race came a year after bombers killed three and wounded hundreds during the running of this country's most storied 26.2-mile race.
It is hard to remember when Reid Buckley wasn't a part of my life, so prominent and life-altering a place he occupied the past 20 years or so. Not only was he a cherished friend but he also held the distinction of being the only person ever to fire me.
There is no telling how good Lugoff-Elgin's tennis record would have been had it been able to get several of its matches to go into first doubles for the victory.
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.
Roger Smoak, the man whose name is synonymous with tennis in Camden, will be honored when the tennis courts at Camden High School are named after him in a 4 p.m. on-court ceremony on Monday, April 28 prior to the Bulldogs' non-region match with visiting Hartsville.
Usually, people give you presents on your birthday. Monday night, birthday boy John Bowers gave a gift to the North Central baseball team and their fans.